Tireless Hatfield great-grandmother to hold charity auction for her son's medical costs

PUBLISHED: 14:47 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 21 March 2018

Doreen Osborne has been fundraising for her son's medical costs. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Doreen Osborne has been fundraising for her son's medical costs. Photo: Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz

A Hatfield great-grandmother is running a charity auction to raise medical funds for her son.

81-year-old Doreen Osborne from Hatfield is holding a charity auction for her son Michael.

Michael, 61, has a rare lung condition whose most effective treatment is no longer available on the NHS.

Instead, he has had to seek expensive treatment with a specialist in Germany.

To cover some of the costs, Doreen is auctioning a selection of donated items at the Mercure Oak Hotel in Hatfield on April 15.

Viewing starts at 1.30pm, with the first item going under the hammer at 2pm.

“Some people have been really kind and I’ve got a good variety of things to auction,” said Doreen. “I’ve got all sorts!”

Items donated so far include artworks, photography, homewares, furnishings and boxes and baskets filled with internationally-themed treats, but she is still looking for more donations.

The auction is just one of many that the dauntless Doreen has organised to raise the money.

Out of a target of £26,000, she has already raised £12,000 with a plethora of events, including fashion shows, tabletop sales, and carol singing.

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Michael, who has been back in hospital and is still in a wheelchair, is “really appreciative of what anyone does,” said Doreen.

“If you need that support there’s no way you can get anything done alone.

“It’s not only friends and family, but even people I don’t know,” she said, recalling how one stranger donated £2 just after chatting about the auction, and how a shop in Hatfield’s Galleria spontaneously donated an item even though she was only asking them to display the poster.

“I must say how good people have been,” she said.

But Doreen still has £14,000 left to raise, and hopes to see further items donated - and crowds of people bidding - by the time the event comes round.

To donate items or for further information, contact Doreen on 01707 883090.

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